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Donald Herbert


Firefighter Herbert was fighting a fire in a three-story residential structure. He was inside the structure when a roof collapse occurred. Firefighter Herbert was pinned by the collapse. He was removed from the structure in cardiac arrest and transported to the hospital. Firefighter Herbert was revived, but lapsed into a coma. He regained consciousness occasionally over a 9-year period. Firefighter Herbert died as a result of his injuries on February 21, 2006, at the age of 44.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Donald Herbert was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Name: Buffalo Fire Department
195 Court Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

Chief: Commissioner Michael Lombardo

Age: 44
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: December 29, 1995 06:14
Date of death: February 21, 2006
Cause of fatal injury: Caught or Trapped
Nature of fatal injury: Other
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: November 04, 2014